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the success of your video does not depend on the brand or model of camera you use

UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS

VIDEO PRODUCTION TRAINING
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cinematographer • photographer • filmmaker

PIETER DE VRIES ACS

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Video Camera Training

Video Cameras

Still to Motion

For Business

For Journalists

Final weekend workshop for 2013

The last Sydney small-group video camera workshop for 2013 has just wrapped. Participants came from NSW, Queensland and Indonesia. More workshops are being planned for next year so keep you eye on the PDV facebook page

"I really enjoyed the weekend, everything you showed me will be a massive confidence booster and I now feel like I am on my way to getting some good results"
Jason Ney, Photographer/Videographer

 

"Loved the course, it was fantastic - I learnt so much and now trying to put it into practice!"
Megan Corcoran, Sunshine Coast Health Service

 

 

 

 

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Nov/Dec 2013 - Indonesia's Forgotten Islands Photography Cruise

The photography cruise on board the National Geographic Orion was an outstanding success. Guests from Australia, Britan, NZ and the US, bristling with camera and video equipment arrived in Denpasar Bali to start the ten day journey. Photographer Nick Rains and myself delivered a total of eight talks and workshops during the journey that took is from Bali to Cairns Australia. All lectures and workshops were filled to capacity - some overflowing. Most guests on board agreed that the tiny (Forgotten) Indonesian island of Banda Naira was probably the pick of the locations for stills and video photography.

The bustle of the jam-packed central market on the island of Kisar in the Southwestern Moluccas was also well documented and discussed - with so much to shoot it was hard to know just where to point the camera next. I filmed and edited a three minute video sequence of the market and the local school to demonstrate Final Cut Pro X at one of my at-sea workshops. 

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Vietnam lecture tour

A trip to Vietnam, my latest tour. I’ve been continuing my series of talks for Silversea, a luxury Monte Carlo based cruise ship company.

As a guest lecturer I conducted talks and screenings of my work on the Silver Shadow as she sailed from Singapore to Hong Kong over ten days with stops in Vietnam along the route.

Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue/Da Nang and Ha Long Bay were the places visited. I am now in Bali, preparing for my National Geographic Orion cruise Indonesia's forgotten islands. I’ll be holding a series of workshops as we head back to Cairns Australia.

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The Forgotten Islands Photography Cruise - wait list only

This photographic adventure on board the National Geographic Orion luxury expedition ship will feature workshops and masterclasses run by myself and photographer Nick Rains. It will be one of the standout photographic events of 2013. There are over 100 guests already coming onboard with a waiting list for last minute guests.

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Our route takes us from Bali along the trade routes of the early navigators and traders who opened up this new world of spices, gold and pearls. Every step of the way, you'll have the experience of Nick and myself to help you create stunning travel photography.            

Photographer Jason Ney completes DSLR video training

Just completed two solid days of One-on-One training with Jason. Working in the real estate sphere, he uses Nikons including the D800E plus collection of great Nikon glass. Our practice location shoot took place around the leavy streets of North Sydney. Jason is using the Small HD DP4 monitor in one of my favorite North Sydney streetscapes.

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Kuala Lumpur, Osaka & Seoul: Asia 3D for VMware

I've just returned from Korea. Fifteen days covering Australia and Asia for US software and data centre giant VMware, showcasing their new Horizon™ Suite using the Sony PMW-TD300 3D camera. Locations, Malaysia, Japan and Korea. Production company, Visionation. Director, Stephen De Villiers

As the DP I enjoyed using the TD300. It's a compact 3D video camera, shoulder-mount in design with a remarkably light body. One of the best features is that it is a fully integrated 3D camera reducing the burden of having to do complicated adjustments on location before and during shooting - adjustments such as time consuming left and right lens alignment and misaligned verticle convergence.

A thankyou goes out to Sony Australia for valuable camera technical support and to our Stereoscopic 3D Supervisor, Rob Morton. Rob kept the twin lenses alligned and perfectly converged for our endless tracking setups. I suspect this gig may have been slightly calmer compared to his work as Stereoscopic 3D Supervisor on Storm Surfers 3D. Finally, Calvin Gardiner and his team at Engine - they are doing the edit and post work.

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Fairfax Media Sydney workshops

Photographers from Fairfax Media continue their DSLR-for-video training with PDV Digital Cinema Workshops. The lastest through the training course came from from the Sydney Morning Herald, the Illawarra Mercury and the Newcastle Herald. Check out their work in the video section of the SMH iPad app.

DSLR and video camera weekend workshop

Three elements - THE CAMERA, THE STORY and THE LIGHT form the foundation of successful video cameracraft and were the foundations of this workshop, designed for users of DSLR and conventional video cameras. Some of the participants of another sucessful weekend workshop.

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Journalist Ruth Ostrow and Stuart Bathurst One-on-One training

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"Thank you for an invaluable weekend as our private tutor in cameracraft and directing. My partner Stuart and I have come away with more information and skill than we hoped for, and in a very short time. In terms of honing our production skills, you are a miracle worker."

Ruth Ostrow, Videographer and Senior Journalist, The Australian Newspaper

Sydney's Apple Store - filmmaking events for the Film Festival


There was a big turnout for my lighting masterclass at Australia's spectacular Apple Store in George St Sydney.
apple lightingThe scheduled one hour session went well beyond - I brought along enough video lighting to take car of the entire ground floor.
My thanks to not only all who came along but to Nick, Brandon and Bree from Apple, our model Celia and camera assistant Dan Becker. Nick Buchner from Sony Australia provided an F55 camera for the night, a good choice said the crowd.

Masterclass - Lighting Your Film with Pieter de Vries ACS

Light, and the way it falls, sets the mood in every scene. Join Pieter de Vries, one of Australia's finest cinematographers, as he discusses the very latest photographic lighting tools and how to create softness, intensity and drama by looking into the shadows. He'll also share advice on interview lighting and professional lighting on a budget. 

The Apple Store, George St Sydney, Thursday 13 June at 6:00 pm

A Girl and a Gun - a new video chat show podcast series

Whatever happened to worst video game in history? More David & Goliath law suits. Part 4 in our series on screenwriting with Karel Segers. And special guest Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS talks about DSLRs, Pirates, The Trans-Siberian Express railway, Lenses and full-frame digital camera sensors.